Basketball (W)

Catawba Routs Mars Hill 94-56

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SALISBURY, N.C. – Even with 10 days off from competition, Catawba women’s basketball team had no trouble finding their shooting touch Saturday against Mars Hill.

The Lady Indians improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in South Atlantic Conference with a 94-56 victory over Mars Hill, which fell to 1-5, 0-2. Catawba won five of its last six games and is tied with Wingate for fourth in the league standings.

With the most complete performance on both sides of the court, Catawba Head Coach Terrence Baxter sat his starters and key performers for the entire fourth quarter. This allowed six players to score in double figures, with four matching or establishing new career highs.

Taisha DeShazo matched her career-high 23 points in just 23 minutes of action. She went 8-for-13 from the field, including 7-of-8 from behind the 3-point line. The seven made 3-pointers is one shy of the school mark in a single game.

Freshman Mercedes Wampler registered her first career double-double with career highs in points (18) and rebounds (10). Shemya Stanbeck dropped in a career best 12 points, while Keyotta Garris equaled her career high 12 points. Garris narrowly missed a double-double, snaring nine boards.

Madison Hallman had the best all-around game going, before sitting the final 10 minutes with her team up big. In 23 minutes of play, she flirted with a quadruple-double, with 12 points, nine assists, six rebounds and six steals.

Anna Gardner tallied 10 points, going 3-for-5 from the field, including 2-of-4 from long distance.

Mars Hill trailed by two at 11-9 with 6:39 left in the first quarter before the Lady Indians closed the first 10 minutes of play with a 20-5 run.

The Lions threatened to make things close with an 8-0 run over the first five-minutes of the second quarter. They took advantage of the Lady Indians missing six-consecutive shots and turning the ball over five times. Catawba closed the quarter on a 20-2 run, carrying a 51-24 advantage into the half.

Hallman gave her team its biggest lead of the game at 40 points, when she drained a 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining in the third, making the score 73-33.

Brooke Vilcinskas led the Lions with 12 points, while Mariah Johnson added 11 and Alexis Pardue netted 10.

Inside the Numbers:
- The 94 points and 34 made field goals are the most by the Lady Indians this season.
- Catawba shot 44.7 percent (34-of-76) from the field, including 41.9 percent from deep (13-of-31).
- The 38-point spread is the largest margin of victory for Catawba this season.
- Catawba outrebounded the Lady Blue Bears 49-37.

Next Up:
Catawba travels to Wingate for a 2 p.m. tip Wednesday.

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